7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

For rail travelers, safety a concern but not a focus

(The following article by Ray Hackett was posted on the Norwich Bulletin website on September 10.)

NEW LONDON -- Rachel Rudansky took a ferry from Long Island to New London Thursday, where she boarded the 9:25 a.m. Amtrak train for Boston.

She admits it is difficult to avoid thinking about what could happen, but she isn't ready yet to alter her life based on "what if..."

"I appreciate the fact that they don't have the same level of security at airports at the train stations," she said, sipping tea as she pulled her luggage behind her heading toward the train platform. "It makes you feel hopeful that it's a sign that we might live normally again."

And although few passengers at the train station expressed concern about traveling, all conceded safety is an issue that cannot be completely ignored.

"Anybody with a desire to disrupt routines can do it," said Mike McKay of Uncasville, dropping off a friend heading home to Pennsylvania. "But I haven't changed my travel habits."

"I think if I worry, I'd be worried," said Jay Reddy of New London, as he waited for his train to Philadelphia. "So why bother."

Richard and Patricia Cracknew gathered their luggage on the sidewalk after being dropped off by a friend. The British couple spent the last two weeks visiting with friends in America, using the train to travel from Philadelphia to New London, with stops in Delaware and Baltimore along the way. On Thursday, they were bound for New York City, before boarding a plane Saturday for the return trip to England.

"You can't think about it. You have to go on with your life," Patricia said.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2020 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Pan Am Railways goes up for sale
An observer’s view of the Pan Am Railways sale
NJ Transit claims “major milestone” in PTC progress
Amtrak to reduce New York-Florida trains starting July 6, with more cuts coming October 1
SEPTA Regional Rail is coming back, but many of its suburban riders are still working from home
Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles set records for container movement
Nebraska Commission files complaint against railroads for blocked crossings
CN plans nearly C$1 billion in capital projects
Norfolk Southern sold its Roanoke headquarters building for $30 million, less than assessed value
Passenger rail between Duluth, Twin Cities hurt by lack of state backing
Port of Savannah calls 10% container volume drop “better than expected”
RRB begins paying CARES Act recovery payments for unemployed rail workers
Q&A: RRB reports performance under customer service plan
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines